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How Blue Eggs Get Their Color
July 4, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Growing up in New England,  I lived across the street from my grandparents’ chicken farm. I am not sure which chicken breeds they raised, so I don’t know about the different colored chicken eggs they had.

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Saving an American Icon — Raising Turkeys

Erin Krier planned to get her kids started with a dairy cow when she attended her first 4-H meeting. She left the meeting as poultry leader.
Although she holds a master’s degree in crop science, she didn’t have any poultry experience.

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Spontaneous Sex Reversal – Is That My Hen Crowing?!
June 21, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you heard a hen crowing when you know you don’t keep roosters? Jeff Goldblum’s groovy scientist character in the 1993 blockbuster, “Jurassic Park,” comments that “life finds a way” and that somehow the all-female population of cloned dinosaurs would reproduce.

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Black Australorp Breed Profile
June 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Black Australorp is one of the heritage chicken breeds we choose to keep. I have found heritage chicken breeds to be hardier than standard breeds. It’s our desire to help preserve them for future generations.

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Are You Wondering What Do Roosters Eat?
June 6, 2021 · · Feed & Health

The common answer from chicken keepers when you ask them “what do roosters eat” is that they feed their roosters the same thing as the rest of the flock. This makes sense in backyard settings where the flock members typically vary in breed and size.

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?
May 23, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Keeping brooders at optimal temperatures helps babies stay healthy. But when can chicks go outside?

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Your Options For Chicken Mite Treatment
May 11, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Before starting a chicken mite treatment it’s important to know if your flock has mites. So the first step is to perform a Chicken Health Exam.

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Keep Biofilm Out Of Your Flock’s Drinking Water
May 6, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Poultry drinkers that aren’t regularly scrubbed often develop bad-tasting biofilm that discourages drinking. Reduced drinking, especially during hot weather, can lead to dehydration, poor health, and fewer …

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
May 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Chickens and Compost: A Match Made in Heaven
May 6, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While compost piles are not a critical element for healthy hens, it is certainly a match made in heaven. It’s not just the extra protein the birds get from their foraging.

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